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“Comfort, care, peace and luxury in a beautiful garden” 5 of 5 stars
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Dar Ayniwen Villa Hotel
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Tafrata - Palmeraie de Marrakech, Marrakech 40000, Morocco   |  
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“Comfort, care, peace and luxury in a beautiful garden”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2010

This Hotel is family run with a large , friendly, yet discreet staff. Set in beautiful formal gardens the main house is cool and airy. Furnished and decorated in local style it evokes a wonderful exotic arab atmosphere. Our room comprised a villa in the grounds.
Large, spacious with full heating/aircon. The sitting room had a fireplace with ample supply of logs. Comfortable seating, a large flat screen TV with dvd player. DVDs at no cost from reception. Double bedroom off and 2 very spacious bathrooms.Our well tended,private walled garden included a large hot tub. We took some meals on our own terrace at no extra cost.
Evening meals were ordered after breakfast and prepared just for us. K took a free moroccan cooking lesson in the kitchen one afternoon whilst I enjoyed the hotel's Hamam and Spa treatments. There is a large heated swimming pool in the grounds, several private follys and temples to enjoy and aviaries of singing birds. A fish pond with large koy and fountains.Quite stunning. Two large people carriers are on permanent standby to take you the 10 minutes to town or to and from the airport. One phone call and the vehicle is there in minutes to take you back .All included.
The staff are charming, friendly and keen to help yet neither intrusive nor condescending.
If you want a very special experience stay at this hotel

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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NOTTINGHAM
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2010

My husband and i went to this hotel start of Feb10 and we wanted to have a special experience and we did. This was our second honeymoon and it didnt disappoint, the free shuttle was a fab addition and made everything we wanted to do easy and hassle free. The place its self is a one off and we want to go back and take the whole family next time as it felt like home. The staff were wonderful, and we so sincere in the way that they treated you and the special touches like the way the tables were set and fire lit etc were wonderful. The hotel owner Stephane was such a lovely relaxed guy and he made the effort to see us every day, Aziz the manager is so good at what he does he is amazing, nothing too much trouble, in fact thats how all the staff were. We enjoyed morocco but enjoyed our stay at this villa more. We ran out of cigarettes when we arrived, we mentioned this to Aziz and 30 mins later we had our cigarettes, this is just one example of how great everyone was. The pictures of this venue dont do it enough justice as there is so much more to this place, bird sanctuary, pond with koi carp, wildlife in the lush gardens, and cactus plants that were amazing then the authenticity of each room, totally wondefu oh and 24 hour room servicel. We will definitely be back with more of our family. Thank you so much for the memories.

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2010

We picked this hotel based on most of the other reviews - and were utterly satisfied with out stay. It's worth saying at the beginning (as someone may have mentioned in their review but I didn't pay enough attention) that you CAN NOT spend any of your surplus Dirhams in Marrakech airport - expect for Marrakech wine - so try to spend them all as the airport only take Euros.
During our stay at Dar Anyiwen, all of the staff were consistently friendly, polite and very helpful and equally gave us plenty of our own space so we had freedom. The hotel was clean, quiet, decadent and I would defnitely recommend it for a splurgy break.
The taxi is a real bonus making travelling so much easier.
We did eat in the hotel a couple of nights but I would say don't be afraid to eat in the city in the stalls as naturally it's a lot better value for money - was really tasty and importantly - we had no after effects ;-). This is quite an expensive hotel (meals per person were around £40 without wine), but as we were on our honeymoon we were happy to treat ourselves and would love to return one day.

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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madrid
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2009

We stayde for three days in Dar Ayniwen, and it was completely amazing. the hotel is really nice, the room is huge and with a lovely furniture. One of the best hotels I´ve ever stayed!

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2009

To stay at Dar Ayniwen is to be treated as a very special and valued house guest with an excellent management and staff team in place of a host. Peace and tranquility reign, and for us we felt for much of the time that we were the only guests - perhaps we were given the time of year. The suites and the public areas of this house remain furnished in the style chosen by the owner of Dar Ayniwen, from when it was the home for his family a number of years ago, but with sympathetic upgrades providing the high international standard required by discerning guests.

Breakfast is served on the sunny poolside, a little chilly in early December (though I daresay they would serve you your breakfast wherever).

We swam in the outdoor heated pool - just a little chilly too - and enjoyed the spacious gardens.

A wood open fire brings a cosy ambience to the dining room for dinner, and afterwards we lit our own fire in our suite. We enjoyed relaxing by night in our own little garden with its bubbling hot tub surrounded by candle lit lanterns, open to the moon and stars above.

Travel in and out of the city centre was by chaffeur driven minibus at times chosen by us. Our drivers were punctual, quiet, and polite.

Aziz, the manager, made sure we knew where we were going, suggested itineries and places for lunch or dinner. All his recommendations were good.

If you want to be a number one house guest instead of just another visitor at an impersonal hotel, then I recommend a stay at Dar Ayniwen.

We stayed for four nights, probably the longest you would want to spend in Marrakech, perfect for a winter sunshine break.

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Boston, MA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2009

I sing the praises of Stephan and staff. Thanks to them, my stay in
Marrakech was idyllic. Their hospitality was heartwarming. They took
care of us like we were a part of the family. Their attentiveness was
impressive. We never wanted for anything. When we had problems with our
accomodations, they quickly remedied them. Henceforth, when I visit
Marrakech, I have to stay here. After experiencing such wonderful
customer service, I am now spoiled and could not stay anywhere else.

The rooms are beautiful, each with its own theme and original
decoration. The grounds are spectacular. It is a haven from the hustle
and bustle of the city. Their free car service cannot be beat. We
travelled to and from the city at our convenience. Unlike some hotels
that have scheduled pick-ups and drop-offs, we were able to arrange our
transportation as it suited us. All meals are custom ordered and made.
They shop for the ingredients you need for your meals. Everything is
fresh. Meals are served when and where you want them. I have never
experienced such wonderful customer service at a hotel and doubt if I
ever will again, unless of course, I return to Dar Ayniwen.

Thanks Stephan, Aziz, and staff. Hats off to a job well done!

Rene, a satisfied and future repeat customer.

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2009

We travelled to Marrakech for a long weekend In November with my two children aged 3 and 5 (not Theo and Poppy I promise). Dar Ayniwen was a great find. Nothing was too much trouble for Aziz and his staff. We decided to stay in the Palmeraie because I had read that staying on a riad with young children was not as a good idea as the walls are too thin and would disturb the other guests. Dar Ayniwen was the perfect compromise. A small 7 bedroom hotel 20 minutes from the city situated in the Palmeraie. It is a beautiful (formerly family) house with a beautiful garden. The other guests were however all couples looking for a quiet break.

Hassan, one of the drivers took us in to Marrakech and picked us up either at arranged times or following a call to Aziz. This was very efficient and Hassan was great.

The children loved the garden. A beautiful heated pool. One of the gardeners very kindly found tortoises for our children and there were olives being harvested, fish ponds and parrots, guinea fowl and golden pheasants to keep them interested while we sat and ate a peaceful delicious breakfast.

We stayed in the Galaxy suite with our children in an adjoining room and ate out on one of the two very large balconies attached to our room. International food for the children and delicious Moroccan food for us.

It is a very peaceful place and also small. If your children are reasonably well behaved everyone can enjoy it.

We also had very good massages.

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Tafrata - Palmeraie de Marrakech, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
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Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#4 Spa Hotel in Marrakech
#5 Luxury Hotel in Marrakech
#8 Family Hotel in Marrakech
#12 Romantic Hotel in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — Dar Ayniwen Villa Hotel 5*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Dar Ayniwen Villa Hotel is a sanctuary of peace and tranquillity. Built as the owner's family home, in the Oriental-Andalusian style in a 5 acres park, 28 years ago, this majestic old residence with its charming and peaceful garden stands in front of the Atlas Mountains. This Villa-riad was turn into a luxury eight en-suites guesthouse in 2000, all of the very highest quality, is now run by the owner children, Anne & Stephane. ... more   less 
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